White smoke was seen coming from capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816), which is currently being salvaged in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, USA, but it has since been stabilized. The cause of the smoke was not yet known.
The Unified Command in charge of the general situation has said that a safety boat and a tugboat equipped with firefighting equipment were on-scene. Air monitoring around the vessel and in the community had shown no signs of deterioration. Water was sprayed on the vessel in order to contain the smoke.
Golden Ray partially capsized on September 8th, having just left the Port of Brunswick with more than 4,000 Hyundais. Kias and some other automobile brands on board. The pilot on the Golden Ray, Captain Jonathan Tennant, deliberately grounded the vessel, apparently in response to a fire on board. All the crew were rescued safely, although it took more than a day to free four crewmembers who had become trapped in the vessel’s engine room.
More than 250,000 gallons of fuel has been removed from the Golden Ray to date. Currently, there are more than 400 people and 80 vessels involved in the response
It was determined impractical to right and refloat the vessel in a fully intact condition. Consequently, Unified Command is developing plans disassemble the vessel in place.
2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 71,178 gt Golden Ray is owned by GL NV24 Shipping Inc care of manager Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is G-Marine Service Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Hyundai Glovis Co, Ltd.